1955–56 New Zealand rugby tour of Great Britain and France

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The 1955–1956 New Zealand rugby tour of Great Britain and France was a tour by the New Zealand national rugby league team. New Zealand lost both test series 1-2.

Squad[edit]

The team was coached by Harold Tetley and included; Roy Moore, captain Tommy Baxter, Bruce Robertson, Bill Sorensen, Vern Bakalich, Pat Creedy, vice-captain Bill McLennan, Trevor Kilkelly, Henry Maxwell, Ian Grey, Alister Atkinson, George McDonald, Dick Haggie, Bob Hawes, Ron McKay, Keith Roberts, Les McNicol, Lory Blanchard, John Bond, Jock Butterfield, Sel Belsham, Rex Percy, Jim Riddell and George Menzies. Cliff Johnson was originally selected but withdrew and was replaced by Maxwell.

Vern Bakalich scored a then record twenty six tries while on tour.[1]

Fixtures[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Score Attendance Report
8 October 1955 Great Britain Station Road, Swinton Loss 6-25 21,937 [2]
12 November 1955 Great Britain Odsal Stadium, Bradford Loss 12-27 24,443 [3]
17 December 1955 Great Britain Headingley Stadium, Leeds Win 28-13 10,438 [4]
8 January 1956 France Stadium Municipal, Toulouse Loss 7-24 10,184 [5]
15 January 1956 France Stade de Gerland, Lyon Win 22-13 7,051 [6]
31 January 1956 France Parc des Princes, Paris Loss 24-3 7,051 [7]

The Kiwis were so ravaged by injuries that they only had twelve fully fit players available for the final Test against France.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Coffey, John and Bernie Wood Auckland, 100 years of rugby league, 1909-2009, 2009. ISBN 978-1-86969-366-4.
  2. ^ Great Britain 25 def. New Zealand 6 rugbyleagueproject.org
  3. ^ Great Britain 27 def. New Zealand 12 rugbyleagueproject.org
  4. ^ Great Britain 13 lost to New Zealand 28 rugbyleagueproject.org
  5. ^ France 24 def. New Zealand 7 rugbyleagueproject.org
  6. ^ France 22 lost to New Zealand 31 rugbyleagueproject.org
  7. ^ France 24 def. New Zealand 3 rugbyleagueproject.org